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Sunday Territorian 4 Apr 2010



Sunday Territorian 4 Apr 2010


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10 Sunday Territorian, Sunday, April 4, 2010 www.sundayterritorian.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 4 -A P R -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 1 0 C O L O R : C M Y K Gunmen attack village Massacre 25 anti-terror militia, including five women Men wearing uniforms anddriving vehicles similar to those used by the army stormed three houses BAGHDAD: Gunmen in army uniforms swooped on a village south of Baghdad at dawn yesterday, stormed three houses and shot dead 20 men and five women from families linked to an anti-alQaida militia, officials said. Men wearing uniforms and driving vehicles similar to those used by the army stormed three houses in the village of Sufia, in the region of Hour Rajab, and killed 25 people, including five women, said a ministry official. The official said the killers tied up their victims before carrying out the massacre. A defence ministry official confirmed the details of the attack and the toll. The families were part of the Sahwa (Awakening) movement, known as the Sons of Iraq by the US army, which joined American and Iraqi forces in 2006 and 2007 to fight against al Qaida and its supporters, leading to a dramatic fall in violence across the country. Meanwhile, in Washington, the IAEA and Western intelligence agencies are investigating how an Iranian firm obtained critical valves and vacuum gauges to enrich uranium, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. The probe was launched after the International Atomic Energy Agency received an email on January 14 alleging that illicit goods were being sent to Iran in a careful and secret way, through an intermediary representing a Chinese company based near Shanghai, the Journal said. The email said Irans Javedan Mehr Toos (JMT) obtained the valves from Vikas Kumar Talwar, an intermediary ofZheijiang Ouhai Trade Corp of China. briefs .... Obamas Easter message WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama issued an Easter address yesterday urging people of all faiths, along with non-believers, to embrace their common aspirations and shared spirit of humanity. Obama used his weekly radio and internet address for a more spiritual than political tone. He said: On this Easter weekend let us hold fast to those aspirations we hold in common as brothers and sisters, as members of the same family the family of man. Grizzly hunt starts VANCOUVER: Canadian environmentalists are calling for strict conservation measures as the controversial grizzly bear hunt starts over the Easter weekend in Canadas westernmost province. A report by scientists at two environmental organisations said the kill rate in past seasons exceeded provincial limits and would endanger the animals considered a keystone species in the nations ecosystems. Five dead in refinery blast ANACORTES, Washington: The toll from a US oil refinery hit by a blast and fire yesterday has risen to five dead and two injured. The refinery was recently fined for safety violations amid what federal watchdogs call a troubling trend of serious accidents at refineries. The blast struck the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes, about 112km north of Seattle on Puget Sound. Rescuers tomove in BEIJING: Rescuers at a colliery in China will enter a flooded mine shaft where 153 workers have been trapped for six days, state-run television said. The order came after rescuers at the Wangjialing coal mine heard a tapping sound coming up a pipe late on Friday. It brought a glimmer of hope that some of the missing in northern province of Shanxi had survived last Sundays flood. EASTER LULL: Palestinians enjoy a night out on the beach in Gaza City yesterday. Israel has threatened widespread military action against the Gaza Strip after launching a string of air strikes in response to rocket fire from the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave Serbs trial to continue THE HAGUE: Former Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic will not boycott his geno cide trial when it resumes on April 13, one of his legal advisers said yesterday. Dr Karadzic is disappointed with the decision, but he is going to make the best of it, his legal adviser Peter Robinson said of the rejection of an appeal to delay the start of the trial to June. So he will be present in court on April 13 and he intends to fully participate in his trial, Robinson said. Karadzic boycotted the opening of his trial on 11 counts of geno cide, war crimes and crimes against humanity last October, demanding more time to prepare his defence which he insists on conducting himself. Karadzic lifted his boycott to outline the crux of his defence in a two-day address to the Internat ional Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at the beginning of March, but asked for the remainder of the trial to be adjourned to June 17. Indian MP dumps colonial tradition NEW DELHI: Indias outspoken environment minister Jairam Ramesh pulled off his academic gown and cap at a university graduation ceremony, calling them a barbaric colonial legacy. Ramesh drew cheers in the central city of Bhopal as he discarded the robes and mortarboard and addressed students in his trademark Indian salwar kameez. Indias environment minister, who has guided the countrys global warming policy and is known for his blunt speech, called for dress more Indian. He told the audience of students and faculty members that the longflowing convocation robes were medieval and a barbaric relic from the countrys time as a British colony which ended in 1947 with Indias independence. With the flowing robe and the hat, its like being decked up like medieval vicars and popes. This practice started in 13th-century Oxford, he said, adding Indias hot weather was inappropriate for such clothing. Why cant we have a convocation ceremony in simple clothes? Ramesh asked the students graduating from Bhopals Indian Institute of Forest Management. Rameshs remarks came after several ministers in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh where he was speaking had described the academic square cap and gown as a sign of colonial slavery. Girl called paradise, baby face of Moscow terror MOSCOW: She was a 17-year-old girl from a village deep in the North Caucasus with a baby face and a name meaning paradise. But in the early morning of March 29, Dzhennet Abdurakhmanova strapped several kilograms of explosives to her body and headed into the bustling Moscow metro with a female companion. She then detonated her explosives at the Park Kultury metro station, killing more than 20 people, part of the double suicide bombing that claimed 40 lives. Later, investigators would find her severed head, smeared in blood, on the platform. Like other Muslim Russian women who carried out suicide bombings e a r l i e r i n t h e d e c a d e , Abdurakhmanova was a Black Widow, the wife of a leading Caucasus militant killed in a special operation by the Russian security forces. Russias National Anti-Terror Committee and the investigative committee of prosecutors confirmed Abdurakhmanova had carried out the Park Kultury bombing. P h o t o g r a p h s s h o w e d Abdurakhmanova, a baby-faced teenager, posing in an Islamic headscarf with her late husband Umalat Magomedov, who bore the nom-de-guerre Al-Bara. But it is no normal picture of a young husband and wife Abdurakhmanova is proudly pointing a small pistol to the sky and her husband is gripping a larger weapon.